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Mental Health and Drug Abuse – A Dual Issue

By   /  April 16, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

As a member of the Assembly Health Committee and the bi-partisan Mental Health Caucus, the critical problem of co-occurring disorders: mental health and drug addiction leads to increasing crime and homelessness and ultimately impacts safety throughout California.  This session I have introduced two bills which will address treatment issues for inmates in county jails with […]

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Opposing Gas Tax Hikes on Hardworking Californians

By   /  April 10, 2017  /  State and National  /  1 Comment

“I stand with our low-income residents, our Veterans, our women balancing multiple jobs in single parent households, our underserved,  the middle income worker, the disabled, our hardworking Californians and small business owners in opposition to increasing gas taxes and vehicle fees, already among the highest in the nation.” said Assemblymember Marie Waldron.  “California’s worn out, insufficient roads and […]

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Hosed at the Pump

By   /  April 8, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

 That’s the message from Governor Brown and his Sacramento allies as they passed Senate Bill 1, imposing massive tax increases on California’s motorists. Our worn out roads are a direct result of failed leadership and broken promises, not a lack of money.  Californians already pay among the highest fuel and vehicle fees in the nation. […]

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Coping with Alzheimer’s Disease

By   /  April 3, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

As with so many issues involving medical research and healthcare, San Diego County is ground zero in the battle against Alzheimer’s Disease. That’s why I was so pleased to help moderate “A Community Discussion on Alzheimer’s,’ sponsored by Biocom and Biogen that recently took place in San Diego.  The event covered all aspects of the […]

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Assemblymember Marie Waldron..”My Bills Are Moving”

By   /  March 27, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

March has been a busy month in Sacramento as the Legislature moves into high gear. Happily, four of my bills have received overwhelming bi-partisan support, all passing votes in their respective committees on March 21. My Assembly Bill 182, the Heroin and Opioid Public Education (HOPE) Act, passed the Assembly Health Committee in a unanimous […]

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Protecting California Wildlife

By   /  March 20, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

 My Assembly Bill, AB 1031, will help California’s native wildlife receive care and rehabilitation provided by non-profit organizations throughout the state.  My bill allows taxpayers filing their tax returns to voluntarily `check off’ a specified amount to support the Native California Wildlife Rehabilitation Fund.  On a daily basis, California’s animal rehabilitation organizations rescue injured, sick or […]

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Assemblymember Waldron Announces 2017 Woman of the Year

By   /  March 13, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

 I am honored to name Martha “Marty” Tiedeman my Woman of the Year for 2017.   California’s Woman of the Year program was founded 30 years ago to celebrate contributions to society made by our state’s remarkable women.  With her long history of dedicated public service, Marty Tiedeman is well-deserving of this recognition.   Marty’s public service […]

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Protecting Seniors from Abuse

By   /  March 6, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

My Assembly Bill 728 will not allow convictions of elder/dependent adult abuse to be eligible for “expungement”.  An expungement proceeding is designed to have the records of a prior conviction destroyed, eliminated or sealed.  While current law allows expungement of criminal records under certain circumstances, elder abuse should not be included.  San Diego County alone […]

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Rebuilding Our Transportation Infrastructure

By   /  February 27, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Last week I joined my Assembly Republican colleagues to announce introduction of the Traffic Relief and Road Improvement Act (TRRIP). Unlike other proposals you may have heard about, our plan will restore and enhance California’s transportation infrastructure, without raising taxes! Since the 1970s our population has almost doubled, but our highway system has not kept […]

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Assemblymember Marie Waldron – Hooking Kids on Fishing

By   /  February 20, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

  My new Assembly Bill 478, will raise the age requirement for the purchase of fishing licenses by two years. By raising the age from 16 to 18 years, we will expose larger numbers of California’s youth to nature, expand their life experiences and perhaps, their futures. This is especially important for youth living in […]

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Supporting the Life Sciences

By   /  February 13, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

As a member of the Assembly Health Committee, I am working to open up access for new innovative treatments, cures and therapies that directly impact the lives of thousands of Californians. Ensuring that California maintains its pivotal role as a center for life sciences research is a vital part of these efforts. Continuing the medical […]

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Combating the Heroin Epidemic

By   /  February 6, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

My Assembly Bill 182, the Heroin and Opioid Public Education (HOPE) Act helps to combat the growth of heroin and Opioid abuse throughout California. Heroin, a cheaper equivalent to Opioids, has become widely available, and unfortunately, California is now ground zero in this escalating epidemic. Heroin use has increased across the United States in all […]

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Jimbo’s…Naturally! January Business of the Month

By   /  February 2, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Through my Business of the Month program, I seek to encourage local small businesses that support and enhance the quality of life in the beautiful 75th Assembly District. This month I would like to salute Jimbo’s…Naturally!, a San Diego company that goes out of its way to enhance the local community and improve our quality […]

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Assembly Back to Work

By   /  January 30, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon has appointed me to serve on six committees for the new two-year session. I’m excited to be re-appointed to Health Committee and address many issues important to my district, including access and affordable health insurance, Medi-Cal and Denti-Cal, clinics, mental health treatment and long-term care facilities. My experience as a city […]

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Career Training for Job Growth

By   /  January 20, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

The best way to reduce poverty is by bringing more of our citizens into the workforce. While government subsidies can help to overcome temporary setbacks, the only permanent way to increase overall prosperity is through permanent, well-paying jobs. Unfortunately, many Californians are now struggling to secure good jobs, even though many jobs are available. In […]

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California’s Water Outlook Is Brighter, but….

By   /  January 16, 2017  /  State and National  /  1 Comment

Though it’s still early, this year’s storms have brought increased precipitation, including heavy snowfall in the Sierras. Our real problem isn’t lack of rain, it’s a lack of water storage capacity. Despite voter approval of the $7.1 billion water bond in 2014, including $2.7 billion earmarked for new dams and reservoirs, few projects are currently […]

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California’s Capitol; A State Treasure

By   /  January 5, 2017  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Working in the Capitol building is a wonderful privilege.  The building is much more than just a seat of government; it’s a living museum of California history. California’s state capital was permanently moved to Sacramento in 1854, after temporarily locating in other cities including Vallejo, San Jose and Benicia. The current capitol building was completed […]

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Serving the 75th Assembly District

By   /  December 29, 2016  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Assisting district residents with problems trying to navigate California’s massive bureaucracy is one of my primary responsibilities as your representative in Sacramento. Here’s a review of some of the ways my office has assisted residents over the past year. While my Capitol Office deals largely with legislation and policy issues, my District Office (DO) assists […]

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Back to Sacramento

By   /  December 26, 2016  /  State and National  /  No Comments

On January 4th, 80 State Assembly Members and 40 State Senators will begin the new legislative session.  Over 2,000 bills are likely to be introduced in the next few weeks.  Thankfully, most will not be controversial. With some exceptions, all legislation must be submitted to the Office of Legislative Counsel by January 20 with the […]

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The Legislative Process

By   /  December 17, 2016  /  State and National  /  No Comments

The California Legislature will begin its work for the new session in January, and since over 2,000 bills are likely to be introduced in the next few weeks, it is helpful to describe how the legislative process works. Based on the committee system, newly introduced bills first go before the Rules Committee, which assigns bills […]

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